The central organizing construct of all our lives which drives all of the human behavior.
Within the limits of twenty-four hours each day, seven days each week, fifty-two weeks each year, and eighty-seven years of average life expectancy, we live chained to the clock of life.
What if we were not so incarcerated to clocks? Would life somehow be different?
One of the residual joys of experiencing the Kingdom of Heaven over and over again is the incredible reduction of the passage of time. Over the years, people have commented, “Life seems to operate within suspended animation when we are together. It seems to actually move more slowly.” Within the Kingdom of Heaven, there is a truth the norms of time in this world are somehow held back.
What if we adopted a Kingdom of Heaven worldview about the concept of time?
Part of my professional calling as a servant to people in the area of finances is the fact I am often engaged in the Wall Street system. Whoa, talk about speed merchants! At my company, we operate at a totally different pace of patience. Breathe in, breathe out. Relax and be intentional—that’s our motto! Work is done so much more harmoniously when we simply slow down.
One of my heroes growing up was my grandfather, George Meredith Musick. He used to tell me, God does not subtract days from a person’s life spent fishing. Fishing requires the wonderful skill of patience—living in an uncanny zone where the normal constructs of space and time are suspended. Maybe my grandfather experienced bubbles of the Kingdom of Heaven while he fished. Maybe that’s why he lived so well for so long?
Living within suspended animation in a peaceful pace of life, noticeably different than the constant whir of the marketplace in which we operate, can certainly help people to experience the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now. Is there an activity for you that suspends time? Have you ever considered that activity might be surrounded by the Kingdom of Heaven?
Steve digs deeper into the emotional facet of the Kingdom of Heaven with a young screenwriter who experienced a Bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven for the first time.